Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Recommendation: Yes, this would totally appeal to anyone that wants a kick ass heroine that is all about breaking social norms and staying true to herself.
Type: Series, review for the second book Caged to be posted soon as well.
Summary: +great heroine, +sexual tension without the need for romance +funny dialogue +sarcasm for days +decent world building +continuous action
It’s hard enough being an undergraduate student, an intern at Downtown Manhattan’s police station, and a bouncer at a local bar. Add her now ex-boyfriend who recently dumped her for the school’s resident bimbo—oh, and she’s a werewolf.
Mackenzie Grey meets her match when she is kidnapped by the Brooklyn Pack and tossed between Sebastian and Jonah—the Alpha and the Beta. Being a lone-wolf in the city is dangerous, and now that the Pack has found her, so can every supernatural being in the Tri-State area. And not even her sarcastic, smart mouth can get her out of this.
When a string of kidnappings involves Mackenzie in supernatural politics, she questions her new acquaintances and finds unlikely allies. Can she escape Pack law and keep her freedom—or will she be condemned to an unwanted path?
Mackenzie Grey bows to no one. Shift by Karina Espinosa is the start of something unique and well..awesome. This series follows Mack, a non-conforming, intelligent female wolf that hasn’t had the easiest of lives. Not only did she find out the hard way she wasn’t human, she actually turned for the first time randomly one night without warning, and if that isn’t enough, she just got dumped by her long time best friend turned boyfriend. With no one to guide or assist her, Mack has lived the past few years as a lone wolf, supported only by her unknowing human family, and her best friend and roommate, Amy.
After being found by a local pack, Mack is introduced to the world of Lycan’s and the role she is expected to play. Between fighting for her rights like it’s the suffrage movement and narrowly escaping the violence that being in the Lycan world brings, Mack struggles to maintain her sanity, her life and even more importantly: the things about her that make her who she is.
One thing that is almost always a given in many of the books in this genre, is that there is an overwhelming pull for the heroine in the book to be saved or at the very least fall for the strong, mysterious whoever. Not that I am complaining, because goodness knows I am a true romantic at heart, but the lack of a male centered plot is what endeared me to this series. Mack is a strong, feisty and completely self reliable woman. Yes, she has feels for people, and yes, she has a sex drive, but the idea she will not be tethered to anyone is refreshing. She can have her cake and eat it too and I LOVE that. I also really enjoyed the dynamic that presents itself between Mack and her best friend Amy. There is a total lack of the catty, self-absorbed drama that is usually present between female characters in literature. Both Amy and Mack are written as bold, strong and resilient and neither of them have to sacrifice that to maintain their friendship. The writing takes a bit to get used to, it is just as unique as the heroine.
Of course, I have to mention the men in this book are hot and those that have surrounded Mack are a bit addictive. Although I am all for the girl power this book oozes, I can’t help but secretly wonder if she will find someone that will let her be herself and not try to drag her down. Guess we will see huh? This book is cliffhanger positive but it won’t make you want to scratch your eyes out..it will, however, make you want to buy the next one right away. Not to worry, the second book doesn’t disappoint either. This is Kindle Unlimited and is available now.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much Karina Espinosa!